Tim Bontemps: What happens with Rudy Gobert in Utah. It has been a good offseason for the Jazz, between reaching a deal with Jordan Clarkson, bringing back old friend Derrick Favors and securing Donovan Mitchell with a max contract extension. But with Gobert one year from unrestricted free agency, the final piece of Utah’s offseason will be trying to get Gobert signed to a contract extension to keep him with the franchise long-term. If they can’t reach an agreement, Gobert will become an intriguing trade target.
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Ex-Mavericks great Kidd is in fact the leading candidate. A source told The News on Thursday that special advisor Dirk Nowitzki has recommended to Cuban that the Mavericks elevate Michael Finley to president of basketball operations and hire Kidd as head coach, but the source stressed that talks are ongoing and no decision has been reached about either position.
Tim MacMahon: Source: Mavs vice president of basketball operations Michael Finley is expected to remain with the franchise. I am not clear yet on whether Finley will be promoted or remain in his role. Mark Cuban is also close to adding a new executive to the Dallas front office.
Marc J. Spears: Former Pistons star @Richard Hamilton told @TheUndefeated he received a call from Devin Booker yesterday for advice on how best play in a protective mask. Rip told him to never take it off during the game and to view it as extra protection from being poked in the eye during drives
Marc J. Spears: Rip Hamilton also has previously advised the late Kobe Bryant, Joel Embiid and JR Smith on wearing the protective mask. Rip says while he used anesthesia to help the pain during three nose breaks, Book didn’t use it. @Richard Hamilton is also coming out with a protective mask line